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Support Groups

The Brain Injury Association of Illinois welcomes everyone to attend any support group. Please call the office for additional information regarding support group activities

Why Attend a Support Group Meeting?

The purpose of a support group is sharing with and supporting another for the mutual benefit of the total group. Some elements of a support group are:

  • Active, involved listening to others
  • Providing an atmosphere where positive and negative views can be expressed without being judged or labeled
  • An atmosphere that promotes a sense of caring
  • An opportunity to identify needs and to problem solve with others
  • Providing an atmosphere to explore inner feelings
  • An awareness of common needs and strengths
  • Receiving and giving opportunities for others to be understood
  • A place to find courage and to take risks
  • Education and information is shared among the group

Group Listings:


Fulton County Brain Injury Support Group
First Christian Church
Contact: Steve Love
Last Tuesday of the month


Carle Hospital - Mills Cancer Center, 2nd Floor
611 West Park
Urbana, IL
*Please park in the South Parking Garage
Contact: Dawn Henry  217.383.6423
2nd Saturday of the month, 10:30am - 12:30pm

Chicago – Heads Up

Rehab Institute of Chicago
Phone: 312.238.6026
3rd Wednesday/month 1:30-3 PM

Chicago – Making Headway

Schwab Rehab Hospital
Facilitators: Ginny Lazzara and Diana Nawrocki
Contact: Ginny Lazzara
Meets monthly, Saturdays 10am - 12noon
Call for meeting dates

Chicago - Brain Aneurysm Support Group

U of I Medical Center
1801 W. Taylor St., Ste 4E (NeuroScience Ctr)
Contact: Kate Walsh
Last Tuesday of the month, 6pm

Downers Grove

ResCare Premier
1040 Robey Ave
Downers Grove, IL
Contact: Rebecca Panek
Meets every Friday, 1-2pm
Phone: 630.969.9188

Elk Grove Village

Alexian Brothers Medical Center
Contact:Julie Schwertfeger or Megan Scott
847.437.5500, x4844
Call for information on support group meetings

Herrin - Brain Injury and Stroke Support Group

Herrin Hospital
Room 1C
Contact: Casey Nelson, LSW
618.942.2171, ext. 35312
First Thursday of the month, 2-3:30pm


Easter Seals
212 Barney Drive
Joliet, IL  60435
Contact: Kathy A. Miller
Every Tuesday, 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM

McHenry - Head Winds

Pioneer Center
Contact: Mary Lou Philbin
2nd Monday/month 7-8:30 PM


Lake County CIL
4th Tuesday/month 7:00 PM

Northshore - Skokie

Brennan & Burns
4711 Golf Road, Suite 100
Skokie, IL 60076
Contact: Nisha Malavia
Meets monthly, 6:30 - 8pm
Call 847.679.8635 for meeting dates

Oak Lawn

Christ Hospital
4450 W. 95th Street
Oak Lawn, IL
Meeting Location: Imaging Center (off Kilbourn Ave) 708.684.1801
First Thursday of the month, 5:30pm - 7pm

Orland Park

Chicago NeuroBehavior Specialists
15010 S Ravinia Suite 14
Orland Park IL 60462
Contact: Denise Romanow or Dr. Mordini
Call for meeting dates, 7-8:30pm

Park Ridge

Lutheran General Hospital
West End Conference Room
Contact: Mary F. Schmidt, PhD
3rd Saturday/month 10-11:30am


Brain Injury Group
UAW Hall - East Peoria
Contact: Chris Hess
2nd Thursday/month 7:00 PM

Prophetstown – BI-Ways

Winning Wheels
Phone: 815.537.5168 ext. 20
3rd Saturday/every other month
Call for meeting dates and times


Brain Trauma Awareness Organization
Blessing Hospital
Contact: Karen Campbell 217.223.5296
or Margie Williams 217.228.5520 x 6987
Call for dates and times

Rockford – Headlines

VanMatre HealthSouth Rehab
3rd Tuesday/month 7:00 PM

Springfield – Making Headway in Springfield

Stroke and Brain Injury Support Group
Memorial Medical Center
Contact: Liz Reef, BI Program Coordinator
2nd Saturday/month, 1:00-3:00 PM
Call for location details, topics and to be added to mailing list.

Streator  - Illinois

St. Elizabeth Hospital
1100 E. Norris Drive
Ottawa, IL  61350
Contact: Lori Welch
First Monday/Month, 6pm 

Swansea - BISSIL

1 Emerald Terrace, Ste 200
Swansea, IL  62225
Contact: Barbara Norris 618.616.1700
Lynn Hatfield 618.235.9988
3rd Friday / Month  10-11:30am

Wheaton – Young Adults Support Group

Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital
Contacts: Rima Polikaitis 630.909.6360,
Elizabeth Witt 630-909-6165
First Wednesday of the month, 6pm -7:30pm

Wheaton – HI Hopes

Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital
Contacts: Dr. Nancy Devereux, PhD. 630.909.8607
2nd Tuesday/month 6:30-8 PM

For Information regarding support groups in the surrounding states, please call:

Brain Injury Association of Indiana (317) 356-7722
Iowa (800) 444-6443
Kentucky (800) 444-6443
Brain Injury Association of Missouri (314) 426-4024
Wisconsin (800) 444-6443
Brain Injury Association of Michigan (810) 229-5880
Minnesota (800) 444-6443


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Brain Injury Association of Illinois
P.O. Box 64420
Chicago, IL 60664-0420
Phones: 312-726-5699 or  800-699-6443  Fax:312-630-4011